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The Animals of An Creagan

The Animals of An Creagan

An Creagan is home to a diverse range of Biodiversity, with a delicately balanced eco-system that provides an ideal habitat for local animals in the form of Invertebrates, Amphibians and Mammals.

Invertebrates such as the Dragonfly, Damselfly and Butterfly are present in the An Creagan landscape. A dragonfly’s ideal habitat is one which contains freshwater and temperate temperatures, dragonflies require water to lay their eggs, spending most of their lifetime as water-dwelling nymphs. They transform in to their adult form in the warmer summer months, mating and laying eggs in shallow pools. Likewise the Creggan site hosts a high number of different species of butterfly and moths. Common species include the small tortoiseshell and peacock, as well as rare species such as the large heath, attracted by the rich plant population. 

Amphibians are also highly abundant in the Creggan area. Smooth Newts can be normally found residing in garden or countryside ponds, as well as slow moving streams, shallow lakeland and damp meadow. The species can grow to a length of 10cms with its main breeding season taking place in June and July. Likewise frogs also have a high population in the area. It takes a tadpole 16 weeks on average to fully develop in to a frog. Frog tadpoles develop their back legs first, then front legs and are ready to leave the pond between June and September. Tadpole’s main source of food is algae which is normally located in ponds and slow moving streams.

Mammals are rarely sighted in Creggan, but evidence left behind indicates their presence in the area. The elusive fox is seen occasionally in daylight, hunting and foraging throughout the An Creggan site but are most active at dusk. Their diet comprises mainly of small mammals, birds and over the winter berries. The sightings of the rare Irish Hare have been few and far between, with the main evidence of their presence in the area being that of droppings or the flattening of ground where the animal has been lying. Bats are also very elusive animals and can be best spotted on a warm summer night, roosting in the centre buildings, hunting around tree canopies or around the ponds in the quarry area.